Book Reviews

WordPress and Ajax

Posted by on Jul 2, 2011 in Articles, Book Reviews | 0 comments

I bought WordPress & Ajax by Ronald Huereca awhile ago and finally got around to reading it. When I bought it, it wasn’t available in print, like it is now (WordPress & Ajax print version on Amazon). I had a really hard time getting myself to actually read an ebook on my computer, but I recently bought a nook color and can now read all my ebooks more pleasantly. But back to the book. I was excited when I found this book because I wanted to add ajax functionality to my to-do list plugin, but didn’t really understand how. This book shows you exactly how to do it and you...

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Professional WordPress Plugin Development Book Review

Posted by on May 9, 2011 in Articles, Book Reviews | 0 comments

If you develop WordPress plugins, you need to read Professional WordPress Plugin Development by Brad Williams, Ozh Richard, and Justin Tadlock. I first read this book around the beginning of April. I learned a lot of new things. And then promptly forgot it all. So yesterday and today I went through the book again and took notes. This book is around 500 pages and covers pretty much any topic you could wish for. I made sure to pay special attention to the security section since that is probably the most important feature of plugin development. I found things that I want to do to improve my...

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JavaScript and AJAX for Dummies Review

Posted by on Jan 26, 2011 in Articles, Book Reviews | 0 comments

I just finished reading JavaScript and AJAX For Dummies by Andy Harris. I like the Dummies and Idiots books. I think they’re great if you don’t know much about a subject and want to get an introduction to it. I took a course at college about JavaScript ten years ago. Back before jQuery and all that. The knowledge didn’t really stick with me and I’ve always felt uncomfortable using JS and tried to avoid it. I want to be able to use AJAX (which I know nothing about) so I need to update my JS skills. One of the things I like best about this book is that it covers...

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Smashing WordPress Review

Posted by on Jun 8, 2010 in Articles, Book Reviews | 0 comments

Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog (Smashing Magazine Book Series) by Thord Daniel Hedengren This is not a book for beginners. You should know HTML and CSS (and some basic PHP) and be comfortable with editing files. I’ve used the loop before for custom queries, but I found the way he explained it easier to comprehend than other explanations I’ve read. I felt like some of the code displayed in the book was unnecessary, especially most of the CSS. There were a few things I would have liked to see the code for that weren’t shown, mainly in the second half of the book. I would...

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